Riverside Serviced Apartments Review
After 4 weeks traveling with Young Pioneer Tours, and Pioneer Media over Eastern Europe and 4 days in Israel and Palestine, it worked out the same price for me to get back to the YPT office in Shenzhen as it would to just as cost effective for me to fly via Saigon (HCMC), and Hanoi as it would be to fly direct. My business partner Rowan would be in town, and I gotta be honest there ain’t no party like a Saigon party baby.
Getting there has been blogged about elsewhere, but it involved 4 hours Tel Aviv to Istanbul, 4-hour layover, 6 hours to Dubai, 18-hour layover, 4 hours to Cochin, 8-hour layover, 4 hours to KL, 3-hour layover, and finally 2 hours to HCMC. Thus, I was in need of a hotel.
Why Riverside Apartments?
Where to start on this? I originally booked at Sheraton City Inn but they emailed as I was in the taxi to say they were fully booked. I then tried at Tiffany Hotel Residence, and well, they simply did not exist. At this point, I was fairly peeved so I made reservations at the more expensive Riverside Apartment Residences.
Do not book the Tiffany Hotel Residences, or Sheraton City Inn when you visit Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon/HCMC.
After 4 weeks on the road, this was a treat for me, a private apartment with a swimming pool, to myself! And at $90 a night not awful, although more than I would usually want to spend on a hotel in Saigon. But this was an apartment in Saigon I told myself.
What are Riverside Apartments rooms like?
Exactly what I wanted, an apartment! Big living room, big bedroom, with a big bed, a bathtub, a TV in the bedroom, a decent sized kitchen, and FOX Movies!
“These are a few of my favourite things!”
And at $90, the price and property matched perfectly, this was good value for an apartment rental in Saigon.
Riverside Apartments Location
So the Riverside Apartment Residences are just that, residences, with most people here being expats and long-term residents, which in a way is good as it means lots of “stuff”.
- Swimming pool! Great party —– except on Sundays when it is a family day.
- Blu Restaurant – Awesome menu, and if you are wondering where the best Bloody Mary in Saigon is, it is here! Bacon, shrimp, and cheese…..
- Dry cleaning – self-service
- A shop!!!! Booze, bacon, cheese, bottle openers, cigarettes, lighters. If I was an expat in Saigon, I would not leave Riverside Apartment Residences.
Conclusion on the Riverside Apartments (Saigon)
If you are planning to visit Saigon and have a budget for a decent place then it is worth considering getting an aparthotel rather than spending more on a high-end hotel (in my opinion), particularly if you have come to chill out.
If you have come to Saigon for the party scene of District 1, the Riverside Apartment Residences won’t work for you. But if your tastes are more refined, then the Riverside Apartment Residences is a great choice to kick back for a few days whilst sitting on a pool drinking Bloody Mary and watching the boats float down the Mekong.